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Disaster Canada [Paperback]

Janet Looker
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September 2000
Disaster Canada travels across the country from its rough beginnings to the present, exploring the history of its most devestating catastrophes. Some are caused by powerful natural phenomena and erratic weather patterns. Others can be put down to tragic human error: a miscalculation in the strength of steel and suddenly 86 men are crushed beneath the twisted remains of the Quebec Bridge; a miscommunication between two vessels in Halifax Harbour and 2,000 die, 9,000 are maimed and 25,000 are left homeless within minutes; a handful or erroneous assumptions and 77 hungry sealers freeze to death on an ice floe within walking distance of their ship. In this book, stories and dramatic photographs expose the human core: our will to survive, our heroism, and our capacity to face the worst. Beneath the the shock of headlines comes the rich story of Canada's sometimes painful growth, a nation that time after time has pulled together in crisis.

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Lynx Images is a unique Canadian company that creates books and films filled with engaging stories and dramatic images from Canada's history. Lynx projects are journeys of discovery, expeditions to sites where the past still resonates. The company is comprised of a small, dedicated group of writers and filmmakers who believe that history is something for all of us to explore.

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Joining the Lynx Images team for Disaster Canada is first-time author Janet Looker. A native of Zimbabwe, Looker lives in Toronto and enjoys exploring the northern landscape and fascinating history of her adopted country.

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This is an excllent account of some of the major disasters that have happened in Canada.It not only covers many of the biggest disasters,but many of the smaller ones as well.It no means covers all the disasters that have happened over Canada's relatively short history.Just the disasters and loss of lives on the oceans along Canada's coastlines would fill volumes,let alone those on the Great Lakes.
What the book does is cover many of the better known disasters under 5 sections; Nautical Disasters (11),Earth,Underground & Slides,(12),Fires (11),Weather,Wind,Water & Ice,(14),and Technology and Human Error,Trains,Bridges,Airlines,(14). With some there were large loss of lives,while others had few and even none.Therefore ,since the author has had to be selective,there are many ,many others that are not mentioned;but the more "famous" are generally there.
It is surprising how few Canadians know anything at all about Canadian Disasters,particularly if they are anytime in the past.This book fills a great void in one's knowledge of Canadian history.The reason for this lack of knowledge has several reasons.I don't recall any of these disasters ever being covered in our school history;the Media does a very poor job of keeping these events alive,except for the short time when they happened,through movies and literature,while Canada is swamped by what is produced in the US.Patriotism and History is much more prominent in the US ,throughout education and various forms of Media and Entertainment.Nationalism and Politics replaces Patriotism and History in Canada as compared to the US.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who says nothing ever happens in Canada? April 23 2012
By J. Guild - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent account of some of the major disasters that have occurred in Canada over it's short history.This is a book that every Canadian should read and it should be part of the school curriculum,for the simple fact that hardly anything covered in this book is even mentioned in school history courses.As well,very few Canadians have any knowledge of this aspect of our history.Nor has much of any of these disasters been included in Canadian literature.
Take for example the Sinking of The Empress of Ireland.Just ask any Canadian if they ever heard of The Empress of Ireland,and you get a blank stare.
Who hasnn't heard of the sinking of the Titanic,which I also can't recall ever being covered in school history orfor even the Halifax Explosion.
The Empress of Ireland was a sister ship of the Titanic and it sank in Canadian waters,actually The St Lawrence,two years after the Titanic.There were actually more passengers ,840,who lost their lives on the Empress while 818 passengers died on the Titanic.The total loss of life on the Titanic 1517,was greater than with the Empress which lost a total of 1012.The Titanic had a total on board of 2214 as compared to the Empress with 1477,because,being a luxury sailing,the Titantic carried a much greater complement of crew.
Another very interesting thing you'll read about in the book,and is also virtually unknown to Canadians today,is that in December 1942 the Caribou,was sunk in Canadian waters ,between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.It was an unarmed passenger and car ferry and was torprdoed by a Naszi U-Boat with a loss of 136 people.
Although the Halifax Explosion on December 6,1917 is more commonly known;but few realize how bad it really was.It was the largest man made explosion in the world prior to th Atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.1963 people were killed ,9000 were injured and 25,000 were left homeless.
How about the Train Wreck near Hamilton that claimed 60 deaths;the Theater Fire in
Montreal that killed 78,the Forest Fire that killed 223 in the small Ontario town of Matheson ?
So,Canada's had its share of disasters ,from Shipwrecks,to Mine Disasters,Ice Storms,Droughts,Air Crashes,Bridge Filures,Hurricanes, and even a Tsunami;and it's all to be found in this great book.
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